Bachelor of Education After Degree – Admission Requirements

Apply in 2 Steps

Step 1

Apply Online through ApplyAlberta and pay the $100 application fee (non-refundable).

Applications for Fall 2021 open on October 1, 2020, and close on August 31, 2021. Applicants will be considered for admission once all supporting documents (CVs and Letters of Recommendation) have been received. Selection begins on February 1, 2021. Applicants who apply or submit their supporting documents later may be placed on a waitlist. Admission is competitive and only those applicants that score high in all three categories are recommended for admission.

Step 2

Submit all supporting documents: Transcripts, Letters of Reference, and Evidence of Community Involvement (Résumé), as explained below:

Academic Records – Transcripts

Applicants with Post-Secondary Degrees

  • Official transcripts from participating ApplyAlberta institutions will be requested on behalf of the applicant
  • Official transcripts for all other post-secondary institutions (non-participating ApplyAlberta institutions) must be requested by the applicant and submitted directly to St. Mary’s University. Transcripts must remain sealed to be considered official. Transcripts can be mailed to St. Mary’s or emailed directly by the issuing institution to admissions@stmu.ca.
  • Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University do not need to submit transcripts.
  • High school transcripts are not required.

Applicants with International Credentials

  • Arrange for all original transcripts and/or documentation from previous educational institutions to be sent directly to St. Mary’s either by mail or email.
  • Exact translations from a qualified translator must be provided if the documentation is not already in English.
  • An assessment completed by the International Qualification Assessment Service (IQAS), which compares international educational standards to Canada, must be sent to admissions@stmu.ca or by mail to St. Mary’s.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency is required for individuals whose first language is not English. Evidence accepted by the University is:
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). The minimum standard scores required in the four categories are 27 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 23 in Listening, and 23 in Reading.
    • IELTS (Academic Format) The minimum score required is 8.0 with no bands below a 7.0.
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) with a minimum score of 200
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) with a minimum score of 200
  • Language proficiency evidence is not needed in cases where an applicant has studied for a minimum of 3 years in a formal full-time secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada or in any one of the language exempt countries.

Letters of Reference

  • References are a rating of the applicant’s personal and professional qualities in different capabilities as a learner, worker, and leader. Reference letters should be professional or academic; submissions from family or friends will not be considered.
  • Three letters of reference are required; references can be submitted through our confidential online form at stmu.ca/bed-reference-form, or emailed to admissions@stmu.ca.

Evidence of Community Involvement and Interest in the Vocation of Teaching (Résumé)

  • Applicants will be evaluated on the breadth and the depth of involvement in educational settings as well as experience with diversity and inclusive practices, highlighting prior work with children.
  • Email your résumé to admissions@stmu.ca. Include education, and relevant work and volunteer experience. Emphasize experience with children and work in a leadership or teaching capacity.
  • Letters of Intent are optional.

Elementary

The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) stream is for degree holders. Students in this stream have completed, or are in their final stages of completing, a 3- or 4- year BA or BSc.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) after-degree program must have completed a St. Mary’s Bachelor’s degree or a 3- or 4- year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education program are evaluated in three areas:

Academic Records

Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA calculated from the most recently attempted 30 credits.

  • GPA for early conditional admission is calculated from grades available at the time of application.
  • GPA for full admission is calculated from final grades.
  • All degree requirements must be completed in the winter semester preceding the fall intake.
  • First degrees must demonstrate a strong liberal arts component and ideally contain at least one course in core teachable subject areas of Math, Science, and Social Studies and two courses in English
The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program is a 60-credit, two-year after-degree of academic study and practicum.

Year 1- Fall

  • EDCM 301 (3.0): Introduction to Curricular Design
  • EDFM 313(3.0): Teaching for Diversity
  • EDPH 321(3.0): Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • EDFN 311 (3.0): Student Engagement
  • EDPR 331(3.0): Practicum I: Observation (3 weeks)

Year Two – Fall

  • EDCM 407 (3.0): Religious Education in the Elementary School
  • EDCM 409 (3.0): Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning
  • EDCM 405 (3.0): Elementary Science Education
  • EDPR 431 (6.0): Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)

Year 1 – Winter

  • EDCM 302(3.0): Literacy Education
  • EDCM 303 (3.0): Mathematics Education
  • EDPH 329 (3.0): Spirituality of the Catholic Educator
  • EDPH 327 (3.0): History and Philosophical Basis For Faith-Based Education
  • EDPR 337 (3.0): Practicum II: Orientation (4 weeks)

Year Two – Winter

  • EDCM 411(3.0): The Education Profession
  • EDCM 404 (3.0): Elementary Social Studies Education
  • EDFN 417(3.0): Inclusive Education
  • EDPR 437 (6.0): Practicum IV: Advanced (10 weeks)

Secondary

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) stream is for degree holders. Students in this stream have completed, or are in their final stages of completing, a 4- year BA or BSc.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) after-degree program must have completed a 4-year St. Mary’s University Bachelor’s degree or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. Admission to the BEd Secondary program is competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants are evaluated in three areas:

Academic Records

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated from the most recently attempted 30 credits.
  • GPA for early conditional admission is calculated from grades available at time of application.
  • GPA for full admission is calculated from the final grades.
  • All degree requirements must be completed in the Winter semester preceding the Fall intake.
  • First degree must include 2 courses in Literature and Composition (English or French).
  • First degree must have either a major concentration in a teaching subject or an appropriate range of courses in a teaching subject, as outlined below for teachable subject areas.
  • Specific Teachable Subject Area criteria includes:
    • English Language Arts
      Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English or eight courses (24 credits) in General Humanities in three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in English.
    • Social Studies
      Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Economics, History, Geography, Political Sciences or Sociology or eight courses (24 credits) in General Social Sciences courses from three areas including four courses (12 credits) in History.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Computing Sciences, or Mathematics OR eight courses (24 credits) in General Sciences from three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in Mathematics/Statistics.
    • Sciences
      Bachelor of Science degree OR eight courses (24 credits) in General Sciences from three areas, including four courses (12 credits) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography (two of the three areas must be school science subjects)
The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree program is a 60-credit, two-year after-degree of academic study and practicum.

First Year Courses

  • EDCM 301: Introduction to Curricular Design
  • EDCM 302: Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy Education
  • EDCM 303 H(3-0) Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Mathematics Education
  • EDFN 311: Student Engagement
  • EDFN 313: Teaching for Diversity and the Common Good
  • EDPH 321: Philosophy of Catholic Education
  • EDPH 327: Historical and Philosophical Bases of Faith-based Education
  • EDPH 329: Spirituality of the Catholic Educator
  • EDFN 329: Foundation in Indigenous Education
  • EDCM 357: Disciplinary Methods of Teaching I
  • EDCM 365: The Adolescent Learner
  • EDPR 337: Practicum II: Orientation

Second Year Courses

  • EDCM 405: Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Science Education
  • EDCM 407: Religious Education in the Elementary Schools
  • EDCM 409: Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
  • EDPR 431 Practicum III: Intermediate (8 weeks)
  • EDCM 457: Disciplinary Methods of Teaching II – Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • EDCM 461: New Literacies